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"Play" has traditionally meant going outside and often using imagination to create games with natural materials. This activity takes students out of the classroom and away from modern technology to learn about traditional outdoor pastimes that emphasize inclusion and cooperation instead of competition.
This lesson provides a great opportunity for students to work on physical education outcomes as they practice locomotor and non-locomotor movements. A citizenship project to extend the learning could have adult volunteers assist a class with the organization and delivery of a special day where the entire school plays outdoor games that represent the cultural diversity of the community.
The First Nations content of the lesson could also become the basis of a cross-curricular unit where students explore the aboriginal origins of a sport like Lacrosse. With the assistance of First Nations community members and local coaches a class could learn how the sport has changed over time by playing traditional and modern versions of the game.
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